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Beautician’s Day – How to Care for Your Nails to Help Your Beautician

What does Beautician’s Day have to do with DermatologistOnCall? Well, board-certified dermatologists are experts in hair, skin and nail conditions – so we thought to ourselves, how can we make a beautician’s job a little easier? The answer seemed simple – share how to take care of your nails, so you can alleviate some work at your next salon visit.

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You may not realize it, but your nails are important, and they can even help a doctor determine if you are healthy or not. We sat down with one of our board-certified dermatologists and got the top Do’s and Don’ts of nail care:


  • Keep your nails short and clean. The best rule of thumb is to cut them in the shape of the tip of your finger and to cut toenails straight across. This will keep nails strong, and prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Use moisturizer on your fingernails. It may sound odd, but nails need moisturizer to keep them flexible (dry nails split more easily).
  • Wear sandals in public showers and at the pool. Without sandals, you are more likely to get an infection in your toenails.


  • Don’t bite or tear off hangnails. Instead, wash your hands, then use a nail clipper or nail scissors to cut off the hanging skin to prevent an infection.
  • Don’t use nail-polish remover more than twice a month. Nail-polish remover is extremely drying, and can damage nails.
  • Don’t use your nails to pry or poke at things. Using your nails can cause them to split or break.

It’s also important to note that while we appreciate all beauticians, not all salons are clean and safe. If you are getting a manicure and/or pedicure, ensure that staff is keeping instruments clean and washing their hands (or using new gloves) before assisting each customer.

If you think you may have a nail infection, start an online visit with DermatologistOnCall. Our network of board-certified dermatologists can provide you with a diagnosis, care plan and even send prescriptions (if needed) to your pharmacy.

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